Semen Semenchenko (commander of the Donbas pro-government militia unit)
To the minister of defense of Ukraine, Valeriy Geletey.
To the ATO(Anti-Terrorist Operation) command.
Despite numerous warnings about the situation that is currently unfolding in sector B, despite the information from yesterday and today about the tank breakthrough from sector D and also from the border with the Russian Federation, from the area of Mospino, the situation with sending us additional units of the UAF(Ukraine Armed Forces) was never resolved. Currently it is necessary to stop the retreat of the units that up until now covered our rear, those units that report to your HQ, from the area of Kuteynikovo-Starobeshevo, to return the artillery and to perform a massive counterattack into the area [of the breakthrough], and to use armored vehicles in this attack. You do have these forces. If this won't get done and the situation will continue to deteriorate, I reserve the right to interpret the lack of activity of the UAF leadership in the most negative light. If needed – you personally must stand with a pistol on the road and take control of the situation. Act, finally, act!
P.s. Please forgive me. I cannot write what exactly is happening right now. You are not the only one reading this.
Official summary of the situation from the DPR, as of August 25th
In the course of the offensive operation, the militia forces have completely destroyed the government military base in Sedovo, and routed all the enemy checkpoints around Sedovo and Novoazovsk. There's an ongoing sweep of these two cities for remaining junta forces. Taking control of Novoazovsk will open a direct road to Mariupol for the DPR army forces, and we plan to take this city in the near future.
Fierce fighting is happening near the Svyato-Uspensky Nikolo-Vasilyevsky monastery (village Nikolskoye of Volnovaha district). In the settlement of Markino there is fighting against the entrenched militants of the punitive battalions "Dnieper-1" and "Donbass". The LPR militia conducted a recon by combat on Lutugino. There is information that the town of Rodakovo has been taken [by our units].
According to the data of the DPR Ministry of Defense HQ, the government forces lost 110 people KIA and 75 WIA fighting for Ilovaysk. 28 military vehicles were destroyed or disabled. By the morning of August 25th, yet another (third) battlegroup of the enemy was also fully encircled in the area of the settlements Stepanovka, Amvrosiyevka and Stepano-Krynka. The whole night militia forces were focused on narrowing the encirclement around the two blockaded Ukrainian battlegroups in the area of the settlements Voykovsky, Kuteynikovo, Blagodatnoye, Alekseevskoye, Uspenka, Ulyanovskoye, and also near the settlement of Yelenovka. According to the intelligence reports, in this encirclement there are more than 40 tanks, about 100 IFVs, APCs and airborne IFVs, 50 MLRS(Multiple Launch Rocket System) "Grad" and "Uragan" vehicles, and more than 60 field artillery and mortar pieces.
As a result of a recon by combat, detachments of the DPR army entered Yelenovka, destroying up to 8 tanks, up to 19 armored vehicles and a mortar battery. The enemy was pushed out of the two checkpoints on the road from Donetsk to this settlement (i.e. Yelenovka). Three prisoners were taken, three MT-12 anti-tank guns with ammunition, an MTLB APC with a ZU-23-2 mounted, and a GAZ-66.
The militia launched offensives on two major cities - Severodonetsk in the northwest of Lugansk region, and Debalcevo - in east of Donetsk region. The militia is concentrating considerable forces by Lisichansk and Severodonetsk, on the outskirts of which (Severodonetsk) the LPR militiamen have already occupied the villages of Belaya Gora and Borovskoe.
Offensive continues on all fronts.
dnr.today/news/svodka-s-frontov-ot-shtaba-mo-dnr-za-poslednie-sutki-25-avgusta-2014/ - link
Map from slavyangrad.org, Russian original by kot-ivanov.livejournal.com
PS [from Cassad]. That last phrase is a joy to read. But, actually, the reports from the last 3-4 days are pleasant in every way. Having survived through the darkest days in mid-August, the militia managed to not only stop the advance of the junta, but to also launch a decisive counter-offensive with the goal of defeating the entire southern flank of the junta forces in Donbass. For now it is absolutely unclear when and with what forces will the junta try to break through to the surrounded forces south of Donetsk, and how the control over their intercepted communications could be restored.
voicesevas.ru/news/yugo-vostok/4024-voyna-na-yugo-vostoke-onlayn-25082014-hronika-sobytiy-post-obnovlyaetsya.html (in Russian) - online broadcast on the "Voice of Sevastopol" for August 25th.
[translation of the post below] From there, from Miusinsk, 53 vehicles managed to leave intact (not counting the damaged ones)... and only because Mebelsh’ik’s (Carpernter’s) militiamen ran out of anti-tank ammo...
It’s already common knowledge that government troops mark their vehicles with two strips like this to distinguish it from the Army of Novorossia vehicles...we’ll have to paint that over...
[note from the translator: best I can tell, the above is an OSA / SA-8 anti-aircraft system. Together with the destroyed Uragan heavy MLRS system below, this does indicate vulnerable support units being attacked and destroyed]